Ekaputra Tupamahu is an assistant professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary and George Fox University. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2019. He earned a master’s degree and an M.Div. from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, and master’s degrees from the Claremont School of Theology and Vanderbilt University. His current book project, entitled Contesting Languages: Heteroglossia and the Politics of Language in the Early Church, is under contract with Oxford University Press. He is also a member of the Political Theology Network editorial team for the Politics of Scripture blog.
Together, we hope this symposium opens up new horizons of discourse for political theology. Given the global reach of Pentecostals and Charismatics, our inquiry into American Pentecostal and charismatic networks is but a beginning.
Because whiteness lies at the center of biblical studies, the accepted way of doing biblical scholarship is one that engages white questions, white concerns. The system forces scholars of color, especially those who receive their doctoral trainings in the western educational system, to be familiar with white scholarship.